St Therese stu­dents learn the lessons of the bush

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

YEAR 6 stu­dents at St Therese Catholic Pri­mary School gained more than happy mem­o­ries on their camp­ing trip to Bar­cal­dine.

On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17, the year level set off on a nine-hour bus ride to Bar­cal­dine, stay­ing at the Wanpa-rda Matilda Out­back Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.

The lessons started at the Tree of Knowl­edge, site of the form­ing of the Aus­tralian La­bor Party, where the stu­dents learned the his­tory of the shear­ers strike.

Tues­day was a day of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, where they learned crawchie trap mak­ing and raft build­ing, which they pit­ted against each other in a race.

On Wed­nes­day they jour­neyed to Lon­greach to see the Qan­tas Museum, Stock­man’s Hall of Fame and then on to Win­ton for the Age of Di­nosaurs ex­hibit.

Teacher Blair Smith had taken the stu­dents on the camp for the past three years and said the re­sponse from the kids had been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“To stick a bunch of 11 and 12-year-olds on a bus for nine hours, you’d ex­pect them to go stir crazy, but they were ex­cep­tional,” Mr Smith said.

“Once we got out there, the kids had great man­ners and were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic to get in­volved with it; we had great feed­back from the camp fa­cil­i­ta­tor.”

For many stu­dents, it was their first ma­jor camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Year 5 stu­dents at St Therese’s take a trip out to Bund­aberg for their camp, but for the Year 6 co­hort, the trip to Bar­cal­dine was a ma­jor out­back ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Smith said even in Monto, where some chil­dren were more ac­cus­tomed to it than oth­ers, ev­ery­body had some­thing to learn.

“A lot of our kids are farm kids, but if you come from a city, you lose that per­spec­tive of where Aus­tralia came from,” he said.

“Our kids were into learn­ing the de­tails of spe­cific skills, like knot-ty­ing, dif­fer­ent fric­tion fires, what bush tucker you can eat.”

The stu­dents learnt about sur­viv­ing in the bush, tak­ing a bush walk to track an­i­mal species, prac­tis­ing archery and learn­ing how to make fric­tion fires in the woods.

Stu­dent Alexan­dra Kielly said the na­ture sur­vival skills were her favourite bit.

“My high­light of camp was do­ing the fric­tion fire light­ing, Tim taught us how to light a chem­i­cal fire, a bow spin­dle fire, fer­ro­cerium rod fire and hand fric­tion fires,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RAFT RAC­ING: The stu­dents com­pet­ing in rafts they built.

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